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William Martin Bio.
The name given me is William Cecil Martin, Jr. Everyone calls me Bill. I am the spouse of Nancy, the father of Lara and John, and the grandfather of Jillian and Andrew. I'm delighted to note that my most popular book, The Parent's Tao Te Ching, has been issued in a limited (130 copies) hand-bound collector's edition by NW Bookbinding. www.nwbookbinding.com
I live in Chico, California where I write, teach, and paint. My primary on-line work is found at www.taoistliving.com - it is a journal of my essays, poetry, and lessons on the Tao. I am the author of several books on Taoist and Zen thought, including: The Parent's Tao Te Ching, The Couple's Tao Te Ching, The Sage's Tao Te Ching, A Path and a Practice, and The Tao of Forgiveness. You can purchase these books through Amazon or any local bookstore. My eBooks include 30 Days of Tao, Lost in the Tao, and the latest, Day by Day With The Tao Te Ching, - all available in Kindle.
My professional history is varied. If my father were alive he would still be waiting for me to get a real job. He was delighted when I graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.S. in Engineering. He never really got over it when I left my job as an Electronic Engineer and embarked on a path that led me to a M.Div. degree from Western Theological Seminary and a brief, uncomfortable, stint as a clergy. Then I entered private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist and spent twelve years as a therapist while also teaching counseling at a Community College in Phoenix, Arizona.
In 1999, Nancy and I sold all of our furniture, packed our remaining possessions in a 5 ft. by 8 ft. U-Hall trailer, and moved to the Oregon coast. We spent a year living in a small apartment overlooking the ocean. Nancy worked at a small Inn in Newport and I wrote a book. We walked, talked, and thought about life. We felt the intensity of natural forces - wind, water, and forest. It was a transformative time.
In 2000, we moved to Chico and began a new life. We are delighted with every moment of it. Nancy is a professional bookbinder. She repairs and restores old books and hand-binds new ones. She is currently working on some special hand-bound editions of my Sage's Tao Te Ching. (www.nwbookbinding.com)
My teaching work is through individual email with a limited number of students from around the world. If you would like to contact me, please do so. email@example.com or visit my website www.taoistliving.com
Blessings to you.